Belper: Martyn forsakes razor to raise over £1,000 in aid of Macmillan

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A Belper man will finally enjoy a clean shave in April after almost a year of forsaking the razor in aid of a charity who helped his wife through a life-threatening lung disease.

Martyn Garthwaite, of Over Lane, hopes to ‘raise as much as possible’ for Macmillan by hacking off almost 200 days’ worth of beard and all his hair at a sponsored charity shave on 11th April.

The charity shave will take place at Heague pubs the Black Boy and the Eagle Tavern from 7pm-8pm.

Martyn said he ‘wanted to give something back’ to Macmillan now his wife Hilary is on the road to recovery from COPD, having undergone a lung transplant last year.

“Macmillan have done a lot for me and I want to raise as much as possible for them,” said Martyn.

“My wife underwent the operation last September and I deliberately haven’t had a shave since then- Hilary says I look like a tramp!”

“But my wife is something else- she’s amazing, and finally on the road to recovery. I wanted to give something back.”

Martyn is also keen to address the importance of organ donors while he continues to raise funds.

He said: “If my wife hadn’t got a transplant, she would have died this year. I’m so grateful for her new lungs and would urge anyone to get on the organ register.”

“There’s not really an excuse. Only 29 per cent of people are on the donor list.”

You can donate to Martyn’s campaign at the Black Boy and Eagle Tavern pubs as well as the Yew Tree Inn in Southfields.